By FRANCO PANIZO
After enjoying a career year with Bolton Wanderers, Tim Ream has his sights set on playing even better and achieving even more this season.
Trying to accomplish all that begins now.
Bolton Wanderers are set to begin their new season in the Championship with a visit to Watford on Saturday, and Ream’s inclusion in the Trotters’ lineup is all but a given considering his success in 2013-14. The versatile defender will be hoping to help his side pick up three road points in order to get their bid for promotion off to a good start, and possibly enhance his chances of returning to the U.S. Men’s National Team this fall.
Ream is not the only player opening his new season. Alejandro Bedoya will also kick things off over in France, as he and FC Nantes host Lens in their first match of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Bedoya played in his first World Cup earlier this summer, so he should have plenty of confidence as he attempts to build on his solid first season with Nantes.
One of the more intriguing matches will take place in Mexico, where Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres welcome America in a battle of undefeated Liga MX clubs. America currently is atop the Apertura table with an impressive 3-0 record, but Tigres will be hoping that their homefield advantage helps them grab the victory that would push them to 2-0-2 on the season.
Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:
Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Morelia.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Veracruz.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play AFC Bournemouth.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Middlesbrough.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Blackpool.
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Watford.
Danny Williams and Reading play Wigan Athletic. (Williams is out injured.)
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Lens.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play SC Heracles Almelo. (Johannsson is out injured.)
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play Austria Vienna.
Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Mladost Lucani.
Michael Orozco and Puebla play Cruz Azul.
Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Club America.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Santos Laguna.
Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas play Club Leon.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SV Darmstadt 98.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Kaiserslautern.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig. (Boyd is out injured.)
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Royal Charleroi SC.
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF. (Gatt is out injured.)
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Sogndal. (Valentin is out injured.)
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play IK Start.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Pumas UNAM.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? How do you think Ream, Bolton will fare this season? Do you envision Bedoya starting for Nantes this weekend?
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